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Fire Marshals

In the event of an emergency such as a fire, a well-devised plan which is carried about by competent individuals who are fully aware of their responsibilities and tasks can be the difference between life and death as it will facilitate an efficient and therefore speedier evacuation of the premises to get everyone to safety.

Assisting with a fire evacuation will be fire marshals. These should be pre-approved persons (i.e. not delegated with the task whilst a fire blazes around you!) who will carry out certain functions such as sweeping/checking areas of the building to ensure that everybody is out and clear of that particular area and are not trapped or simply ignoring the alarm.

As well as performing fire sweeps of the premises, fire marshals will also assist with the evacuation procedure. Depending upon the circumstances, people will have various emotions. Some may feel it is a false alarm, particularly if this happens fairly frequently, whilst others may be frightened if they can actually see a fire or smoke in the building. Their emotions may be hampering the escape effort if they are dawdling on panicking for example, and so it is the responsibility of the fire marshal to assist in providing clear instructions and to facilitate an orderly but speedy and efficient evacuation of the premises. Whilst workers should have received health and safety training and be aware of the fire procedures of the company, there may be visitors such as those who have come for a meeting who may not be familiar with where to go in the event of a fire, and these people may need assisting and directions.

Fire marshals should not only be appointed before a fire has started, but they should also be made known to workers in advance so that they know who to look to for instructions. Fire marshals who are made clearly visible such as wearing designated high-visibility clothing will enable people to easily identify them and know that they should be able to rely on the instructions and directions which they are providing.




Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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